Academic & Animal Care Coaching
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR CONSULTANT
Animal Training Across Industries
Services for coaching animal care teams in the industry area such as universities, animal research, animal shelters/RSPCA, not-for-profit wildlife shelters/farm sanctuaries, zoos, animal management officers.
Animal Training For University Studies
Animals trained via operant conditioning to voluntarily participate in data collection make your research superior – low stress and overall better wellbeing for the animal, better results for you.
We consult on projects for training tasks for everything from spiders to chickens, to fish, goats and horses.
If you are measuring physiology, recording movement, training a go-no go task, cognitive bias tasks, directional tasks, need an animal to learn to wear a piece of equipment without stress, tool use investigation training to do a task, we can help you.
We only use scientific principles which means methods used are humane, reinforcement focused and ethical.
“Better timing and reinforcement delivery would help me get better results when training fish for a project looking at sensory systems.”
“I needed to have some hens sit on a perch within the study area I was looking at to improve living conditions of laying hens. It took seven months and used up all of my project time. I didn’t get the outcome in measuring what I’d hope for in my studies. If only I’d know you could train chickens to do things!”
Animal Shelters and Adoption Centres
We have an extensive background consulting with and running behaviour teams in shelters.
- Staff and volunteer training in approaching safety and behaviour health in the shelter
- Help to design, hire and train volunteer programs to support animal care teams
- Working with shelter vet teams on behaviour to enhance outcomes and wellbeing
- Program plans for triaging and managing behaviour care in the shelter
- Science guided sheltering advice – enrichment, play, management and getting the language right around adoptions
Council Workers, Animal Management Officers
We have experience working with AMOs and handling difficult dogs
- Dog body language
- Dog and cat safety
- Understanding and responding to behaviour
- Advice and public workshops on barking
Veterinarians and Vet Nurses
As a Fear Free Certified Trainer – we work alongside vet teams to deliver high quality care with welfare in mind
- Body language and low stress handling
- Lunch and learn topics on training
- Setting clients up for behaviour success
Emergency Evacuation Preparedness
Suited to property owners, animal sanctuaries, wildlife sanctuaries, pet guardians.
Natural disasters and a changing climate is necessitating a shift in how we manage the animals in our care. Teaching them critical emergency skills can save their lives in high pressure situations or weather events.
Animals that flee and hide, and that don’t tend to share the house living space with people benefit from learning evacuation skills. Chickens, horses, aviary birds, cats and companion live stock are most often at risk when we don’t teach them skills for emergencies. Farm animal sanctuaries and wildlife parks can absolutely teach any species in their care (kangaroos, wallabies, sheep, pigs, goats) to practice safe behaviours and conditioning to be prepared – no matter how little they are handled or interact with people.
These are the knowledge points and practical drills you should have packed into your evacuation plan:
- Emergency recalls
Your animal/s should be able to recall to you in the event of an emergency, so you can place them somewhere safe and know where they are.
- Loading into crates, carriers, floats, trailers
Carriers are important safety tools for transport to and from veterinary clinics, evacuation centres and short term confinement in emergencies.
- Handling stressed animals
Considerations into how to safely handle stressed and anxious animals.